The Rt. Rev. Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73
Abbot Neville elected to a second term
The community of St. Norbert Abbey has re-elected the Rt. Rev. Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73, as its abbot. Neville will serve a second consecutive nine-year term. He is the only individual ever to be re-elected to the post.
His brethren include 54 priests and brothers who live at the abbey, at St. Joseph Priory on campus, and in Chicago; in Raymond, Miss.; and at a medical mission in the jungles of northern Peru. They gathered at the abbey for the May 4 abbatial election, conducted by the Most Rev. Thomas Handgrätinger, O.Praem., abbot general of the Norbertine order. As part of the election, the Norbertines first voted on the length of the term – usually six, nine or 12 years – and then elected the man to serve.
Neville, a native of Green Bay, is a graduate of Premontre High School, where he later served as an English teacher, registrar and vice principal. He currently sits on the board of Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, housed in the former Premontre building. He has also been a St. Norbert trustee.
Neville’s theological training took place at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, which he also serves as a board member. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and received his doctorate from St. Paul University, Ottawa, in 1990.
June 5, 2012